Canadian Fashion Connection – Jason Wu

Normally I don’t pay a lot of attention to contemporary designers, however Jason Wu has been consistently in the news for several years, and the Taiwanese born, American designer did grow up in Vancouver, B.C., thereby having a Canadian connection to fashion. Wu came seemingly out of nowhere in late 2008 when it became known that he would be designing Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball gown.

Previous to this Wu had been designing doll dresses for Integrity Toys, but after  studying at Parsons in New York and working as an intern with Narcisco Rodrigues, Wu took the profits from his doll venture and showed a full fashion collection in 2006. He quickly came to the attention of the New York fashion scene, winning a rising star award in 2008.

Wu came into fashion news again this past month when his line for Target caused fights in  stores south of the border on Super Bowl Sunday. One Target store in Miami had its entire stock bought out by two individuals who were going to make their fortune reselling it online… Select pieces from Wu’s line were offered at a one day sale in Toronto on February 23 to announce Target’s intentions to expand into Canada. From what I have heard, Target will be either partnering with or buying out Zellers.

Despite the shortages of ‘Jason Wu for Target’ in some U.S. stores, I have friends who had no trouble finding a good selection at their local Target and picked up the three pieces illustrated, for the Fashion History Museum to accession.